Atsuki Katayama graduated from Kokugakuin University in 2003 and entered Meiji Jingu in the same year. His father serves at the Hitomaro Jinja shrine in Yamaguchi Prefecture, dedicated to the spirit of poet Kakinomoto-no Hitomaro (660-724 CE). Katayama became a Shinto priest in 2008 after serving as a trainee for 5 years at Meiji Jingu. He is currently affiliated with the Ritual Division. He plays the Ryuteki (dragon flute).